PUTRAJAYA: He was known as “The Professor” for his qualifications in ICT and his special “expertise” – forging documents.
The 32-year-old Bangladeshi was highly sought after amongst foreign workers in the country, making RM50,000 to RM70,000 a month.
His high-end job however came to an end when Immigration Department officers laid a trap for him during an operation in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
The suspect arrived at a “meeting point” where he was to hand over forged documents ordered by a supposed customer.
He was then nabbed by officers, and he led them to his Ampang home where he did his illicit work.
“Some 229 stickers for employment passes, temporary work passes, social visit passes and student passes were found at the premises.
“There were also fake Malaysian visa stickers, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) cards, E-Cards, i-Cards and Bangladeshi passports,” said Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali at a press conference yesterday.
Also found were computers, printers and scanners which were used to create the fake documents.
Cash amounting to RM11,480 – believed to be used in the transactions – were also found in the house.
Officers also arrested another Bangladeshi in his 30s, believed to be the forger’s delivery man.
“They can produce a fake E-Kad in just five minutes, while a fake passport would take two hours.
“We believe these were sold for between RM1,000 and RM4,000,” said Mustafar.
He said the syndicate prefers using Viber, a mobile phone app, as a means of communication.
Mustafar did not rule out the possibility of more individuals besides the two being involved in the ring.
Last March, the department busted a similar syndicate in Kuala Lumpur – operated by Myanmar national “Doctor Harun”.
“This syndicate run by ‘The Professor’ is on a much larger scale than the one by ‘Doctor Harun’,” said Mustafar.